Some Weird Sin – On Tour With Iggy Pop by Alvin Gibbs review

Instinctively Iggy

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Having joined his band ex-UK Subs bassist Alvin Gibbs spent nine months playing alongside his hero on the Instinct world tour in ’88. This candid account of his adventures has a ring of authenticity to it. There are regular bouts of sex and drugs, especially after a show with Guns ‘N Roses, although nothing that would cause a Led Zep roadie to raise an eyebrow. Iggy himself does not participate apart from one memorable occasion, but then he’s already been there, and Gibbs keeps a close and descriptive eye on his boss who has learnt to control his volatile nature off stage while cutting loose every night on it.

Amid the mind-numbing 230- date schedule, there’s a strangely tense encounter with David Bowie and a more dramatic encounter with Pepsi Cola who are sponsoring two New Zealand shows. Final score: 1–1.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.